I’ll start my post with John Maxwell’s quote, “The best you can hope to do in life is to make the most out of whatever you’ve been given.” This is part of the law of intentionality. It means that in order for you to make progress, you must be able to work with what you’re provided.
Over the past seven years, as I embarked on the journey on my passion for talent and leadership development, I started to blog, share my inspirational quotes through various social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. My aim was to inspire others to believe in themselves and bet on themselves to succeed. And at the same time to stop listening to those who tell them it cannot be done. When we don’t value ourselves, no one will. No one will raise value unless we do it ourselves.
As I touch on the topic of chasing your dream, it is worth nothing that your dream must be realistic. I excchanged messages with someone I respect on this topic that we cannot just tell everyone to chase your dream. That if someone worked hard and never gave up, they would achieve their dream. What if your dream is not realistic? What if the person doesn’t have skills and experience to ever achieve it? That would mean we are giving false hope.
Here are some of the points I want to highlight:
- To dream is great because it inspires you to pursue something, but make sure it is realistic. That it is attainable.
- Create a plan – create a plan on how you will achieve your goal. Make sure to track your progress throughout the year and continue to adjust your plan.
- Create a training plan – a training plan is needed to move you from point A to B. You need to gain new knowledge and skills to get to the next level.
- Bet on yourself – if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Be confident of your talent and capabilities
- Seek a mentor – if you’re trying to learn something or the ropes on how things are done, seek a mentor.
- Seek a coach – if you’re experienced and seek to move up to the next level, seek a coach.
- Be positive – be realistic but be positive and focus on the lesson learned from mistakes and move forward. Avoid people who aim to bring you down.
In closing, I want to encourage everyone to aspire and dream. Bet on yourselves and keep at it. As long as you’re making progress, you need to continue your journey. I will urge everyone not to give up at the first sign of defeat and to keep at it until they get the job done.